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Pilgrims Way, Thurnham, Maidstone ME14 3LD, England
+44(0)1622 737185
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Nestling in the picturesque North Downs it���s hard to believe that...
Nestling in the picturesque North Downs it���s hard to believe that Maidstone is only a stones throw away from Thurnam���s Black Horse Inn. Looking from the outside like the most traditional pub in Britain ��� white washed, tile hung, sash windowed, sign swinging in the breeze ��� inside will come as no great shock. In winter you���ll find a roaring fire in the imposing brick fireplace, dried hops drape from the ceiling and antiquey dark wood is in abundance. In summer diners can head outside to a paradise of shadey pergolas, ponds and green lawn or eat in the conservatory. Homegrown produce is key in a sophisticated menu which combines traditionalism with contemporary dining with impressive results.
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Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Bar scene
Large groups
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 136
    Excellent
  • 80
    Very good
  • 36
    Average
  • 38
    Poor
  • 19
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Absolutely Delicous!

Me and my boyfriend came here Saturday evening just gone and have to say I was pleasantly surprised. The atmosphere was lovely, the food was delicious and the staff were great, in particular the lady that served us called Jo was really friendly. Can't wait to come back here again!

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
Katie B
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London, England, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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309 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
London, England, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

Me and my boyfriend came here Saturday evening just gone and have to say I was pleasantly surprised. The atmosphere was lovely, the food was delicious and the staff were great, in particular the lady that served us called Jo was really friendly. Can't wait to come back here again!

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Brenchley, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

Definitely the best carvery we have ever been too. Always 4-5 meats on offer, plus you get an AMAZING home-cooked dessert included in the price! My favourite dessert is the Tom, Dick and Harry (3 different desserts on one plate) and the kids favorite is Dip N Lick - marshmallows, fruit etc with chocolate sauce to dip into! The staff... More 

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

The Blackhorse is known locally as a gastro type of restaurant and have eaten here on a few occasions. The setting itself is lovely but the restaurant is cramped there are too many tables and you feel like you are sitting on top of each other, so much so it's hard to have a conversation as you'll be easily over... More 

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

This pub is just down the road from where I live and I have to admit I had never visited and after dropping by one evening I am looking forward to returning! I stopped in on the way home with a hungry child and lots of people had recommended it for a good place to eat. I was sat immediately... More 

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Hollingbourne, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The Black Horse offers good food in a pleasant setting on the Pilgrim's Way between Detling and Hollingbourne. You can also stay there.

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London
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42 reviews 42 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

They say looks can be deceiving and i would say that's the case with this place from our sole visit. My partner had exchanged a couple of emails with a member of staff prior to our visit and the response and attitude that could be read from it put me off straight away, however my partner wanted to check it... More 

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Ashford, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015 via mobile

Visited here to celebrate my birthday with the family and we were not disappointed! We started with spome sharing platters of of cold meats, pate and chutneys-devine and a nice touch to share. I followed with ribeye steak and home cut chips- amazing! The chips were crispy but soft in the middle and the steak perfectly cooked to my liking-... More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Having not visited the black horse for a while decided to book for a Sunday roast. Upon arrival was left for ten minutes waiting at the bar to be attended to whilst the member of staff was on the phone so I was late for my table, not a good start. We finally had to seek out a staff member... More 

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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Visited here for a lunch on a Saturday, the weather was lovely so we sat in the garden Food was great and service was to What a lovely place, lots of parking Book if you go at the weekend as it gets very busy

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Maidstone
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is a gem of a place, tucked away in the countryside. Great food and ambiance. Can get full best to reserve a table.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Pilgrims Way, Thurnham, Maidstone ME14 3LD, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Kent  >  Maidstone  >  Thurnham
  • Phone Number: +44(0)1622 737185

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: British, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

Description

Nestling in the picturesque North Downs it���s hard to believe that Maidstone is only a stones throw away from Thurnam���s Black Horse Inn. Looking from the outside like the most traditional pub in Britain ��� white washed, tile hung, sash windowed, sign swinging in the breeze ��� inside will come as no great shock. In winter you���ll find a roaring fire in the imposing brick fireplace, dried hops drape from the ceiling and antiquey dark wood is in abundance. In summer diners can head outside to a paradise of shadey pergolas, ponds and green lawn or eat in the conservatory. Homegrown produce is key in a sophisticated menu which combines traditionalism with contemporary dining with impressive results.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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